Count.I.Con 2016

August 31, 2016

The night before Count.I.Con, I hung out with Mary- Kate of The Fantasy Realm of Chicago as well as Stephanie Plus Verb - two amazing female geek bloggers who are absolutely talented. We often spoke in social media, and never get to hang out. So when they hosted a Pokemon event at Konak Pizza on August 26, 2016, I decided to make it a point to drop by, say "hi", and get to know them a bit more. 

 

I was able to convince Stephanie Plus Verb to come hang out with us at Count.I.Con for the Saturday festivities. So glad to get to know her more and bring her to the fantastic event. This was her first time attending this convention.

 

 

Count.I.Con is an annual 3-day convention held at the Lake County Fair Grounds in Greyslake, IL - just about an hour away from Chicago. This was Count.I.Con's second year, and everyone I know who attended the event had a blast! To see our coverage from last year, click on this link and this link. The show was run by Team Ash: Ashley Witter --who drew my portrait in my personal business cards--and Ash Maczko). Both are known for their work on the sucessfull comic series, and upcoming card game Squarriors.

 

 

The convention featured a lot of renowned artists such as Greg Hildebrandt (known for his iconic illustration work for franchises such as "Star Wars" and "Lord of the Rings", as well as numerous DC and Marvel comics properties along with his brother, Tim);  Lisa Lesman -Reinhold and Bill Reinhold (Badger, Punisher, Spiderman, Daredevil, Batman, and many, many others); Philip Moy (Power Puff Girls, GI Joe); Jeff Balke ( Grimm Fairy Tales, Urban Legends); Philo Barnhart (Little Mermaid), and many more. See below for the complete list of guests! :)

 

 

 

We stoped by to see our friends at PopcultHQ's booth- who had a fundraiser in honor of Manny Popoca, PopcultHQ's founder who passed away this year. All items were donated by the website's writers. 

 

 

 

Here's some pics from last weekend's event:

 

 

The cosplay contest was run by We Are Cosplay- a local Chicago-land area group who volunteer in charity events regularly. Check out this article on the Cospys, where they honor and award their members for being involved in their volunteer events. 

 

 

Pics from the cosplay contest here:

 

 

We also got to try the new Squarriors TCG, with art by Ashley Witter. Looking forward to learning the full instructions of the game in one of their play-testing events!

 

 

Definitely a great and affordable local comic book convention! I give it a 10 out of 10 for the spacious isles, programming, guest selections and over all con experience!

 

Here is the complete list of artists and featured guests from the event:


Greg Hildebrandt – Artist
Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, Magic the Gathering


Timothy Zahn – Author
Star Wars, Dragonback, StarCraft

 

Bill Reinhold – Artist
The Punisher, The Badger, The Prowler

 

Linda Lessmenn-Reinhold – Artist/colorist
Spiderman, The Badger, Conan

 

Marie-Claude Bourbonnais – Cosplayer
Costume production, Prop design, Cosplayer

 

Jeffery Moy – Artist
Legionnaires, Star Trek, Defiance (Video game)

 

Philip Moy – Artist/Inker
The Powerpuff Girls, World of Warcraft (Comic book), G.I. Joe

 

Ashley Witter – Artist/Writer
Squarriors, Interview with the Vampire, Scorch

 

Mark Nelson – Artist
Aliens, Godzilla, Magic the Gathering

 

Jim Nelson – Artist
Hearthstone, Magic the Gathering, Dungeons & Dragons

 

Ali Cantarella – Artist
The Hasty Pastry, Watercolor portraits, Pugs

 

Dirk Manning – Writer
Tales of Mr. Rhee, Nightmare World, Write or Wrong

 

Ash Maczko – Writer
Squarriors, Creator of Count-I-Con, Other stuff

 

Dan Leister – Artist/Writer
Wonderland, Hack/Slash, Lord of Gore

 

Dave Dorman – Artist
Star Wars, Batman, Spider-man

 

Jeff Balke – Artist/Colorist
Grimm Fairy Tales, Urban Legends

 

Philo Barnhart – Artist/Animator
The Little Mermaid, The Secret of Nimh, The Smurfs

 

Charles Urbach – Artist
Magic the Gathering, Star Wars, Legend of the Five Rings

 

Vincent Proce – Artist
Magic the Gathering, Dungeons & Dragons, Mortal Kombat

 

Charles Moisant – Writer/Publisher
Silver Phoenix Entertainment, Kremin, Haunted Theatre

 

Chuck Fiala – Artist
Bugs Bunny, Cool World, Roger Rabbit

 

Frank Fosco – Artist
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Superman, Savage Dragon

 

Scott Beaderstadt – Artist
Trollords

 

MC Schoolly D – Artist/Rapper
Aqua Teen Hunger Force

 

 

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